1. Akhilesh Yadav says Mulayam still with Samajwadi Party; blames ‘religious polarisation’ for loss

Akhilesh Yadav says Mulayam still with Samajwadi Party; blames ‘religious polarisation’ for loss

Akhilesh said BJP made false promises to people and even though the Samajwadi Party did so much work for the people, it was rejected

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2017 7:04 PM
Akhilesh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav panchayat, Akhilesh Yadav on adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav on narendra modi, Akhilesh Yadav and narendra modi, mulayam singh yadav, mulayam singh Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while speaking at Aaj Tak’s ‘Panchayat’ event in Lucknow on Friday evening said that Mulayam Singh is still with the party despite his uncle Shivpal’s claims. (Source: PTI)

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while speaking at Aaj Tak’s ‘Panchayat’ event in Lucknow on Friday evening said that Mulayam Singh is still with the party despite his uncle Shivpal’s claims. The senior party leader had revealed that he will be forming a new party ‘Samajwadi Secular Morcha’ with Mulayam as its chief. Talking about his party’s loss in this year’s state assembly elections, Akhilesh said it was a result of ‘religious polarisation’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Here’s what Akhilesh Yadav said:

Akhilesh said BJP made false promises to people and even though the Samajwadi Party did so much work for the people, it was rejected. When asked about his strategy for the next elections, Akhilesh said he still has the ‘cycle’ and will prepare for the next elections as there is a lot of time in it. He asked, “Why is nation worried about SP?” Talking about his future, Akhilesh said he is not sure whether he’ll be the CM again or not but no one will be able to match the work he did as the head of the state.

Criticising Yogi Adityanath’s strategy of asking government officials to work for longer hours, Akhilesh said it is a bad idea because if you work for longer hours, you won’t be able to get up early, according to the Aaj Tak show. (अधिकारियों से ज्यादा काम करवाने पर पूर्व सीएम ने कहा कि अधिकारी ज्यादा काम करेंगे तो वो कब सोएंगे? नींद पूरी नहीं होने पर वो वो मीटिंग में सोएंगे.)

Here is what Akhilesh said about ‘Modi moment’:

When asked about what happened between him and Narendra Modi at Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony (Mulayam had whispered something to PM Modi on stage and till now the comment had not been revealed), Akhilesh revealed that Mulayam Singh told the Prime Minister, “bach ke rahiyega, ye mera beta hai (beware, he is my son!).”‘

Watch another video from the event:

Questioning the decision of demonetisation, Akhilesh said it was done to save the banks and not to stop corruption. However, he said that it wasn’t just a political stunt, that the poor people were affected by it. He added that while poor people thought that it will hurt rich people but that didn’t happen. He said people should know the names of at least 5 people who were caught or whose black money was revealed (‘desh ko kam se kam paanch logon ke naam pata hone chahiye’), he said.

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